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originally posted by: rickymouse
The question to ask is.....do we really need to spend all that money to put people on the Moon? Does any country actually need to spend taxpayer or consumer money to put men on the moon? We were supposedly there, but I doubt if all the photos taken were from the moon though. A little Hollywood style extra pictures could have been created here to justify all the expense.
A lot of money is spent on multiple science projects and research and often they do not compare and analyze the research properly, instead they keep giving the scientific community more money to do even more research when the answers are in research that has already been done two or three times over.
originally posted by: Shockerking
WTF is with going to the moon nowadays? Why not do it micro? With todays sensors using a Arduino or a Raspberry pi or other micro controller boards or mini computers; why can't just send a smaller Gemini, Saturn or Apollo rocket and do this again. Without Astronerds and use micro robots also.
Just send a smaller rocket with a small payload. Send it up with a droned platform then stabilize and launch from a platform to get a easier escape velocity.
Pretty simple actually considering all the knowledge we have already.
On a way smaller scale this could be relatively cheaper and more efficient? I would think so.
Soldiers who are alleged to be going to Iraq or Afghanistan are actually being sent off planet to places like Mars to fight battles alongside other alien races. Those men and women will have their minds wiped when they come back. This is why we're having a lot of suicides with ex-soldiers. In some cases their minds have been wiped so many times they become unbalanced as a result. When they return, they don’t know where they’ve been. They think they’ve been to the Middle East, but they’ve actually been elsewhere. —Cassidy, as interviewed in Sneaky magazine, 2014
good thing then space X are developing there own heavy launch system that will be cheaper.
originally posted by: chr0naut
originally posted by: osoespacialpoco
a reply to: chr0naut
Why keep the SLS when the private sector can do the same thing but better and cheaper?
Because the next stage of space utilization will also require heavy lifting, as well as the MicroSats.
We aren't going to build infrastructure out there with tiny payloads. And, after we've built the infrastructure, we need to move personnel in numbers.
You can't do that with a launch system optimized for CubeSats.
However, it's three years behind schedule and nearly $7 billion dollars over budget, with some doubting it will be ready for a 2020 test flight.
originally posted by: TamtammyMacx
Maybe all this money is getting siphoned off for the real projects. I've always wondered if they've had vehicles far more advanced than rockets for decades and that building rockets is just a side show distraction but dangerous because it costs lives. So let's encourage the public to do it. Meanwhile, the money is used for advanced technology spacecrafts and operations that they don't want us or other countries to know.